Cultural Calendar July 20-27


Performances & Events

Riverside Theatre presents The Comedy Zone on July 22 & 23, 7 & 9 pm shows.

Mr. Showtime is an entertainer and showman with a show that has been called “sharp-witted,” “clever,” “classy” and “pure energy.” P-Mac will be your emcee.

Live in the Loop at Riverside Theatre on July 22 at 5:30 pm,Collins & Company, A popular local band that covers authentic music from Rock, Pop, Country, Motown & Reggae! Performing hits from America, Billy Joel, Bob Marley, Bob Seger,The Cars, CCR, CSN, Chuck Berry, David Bowie, The Drifters, The Eagles, Elton John, Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Phil Collins, The Beatles, The Who, Tom Petty, U2, Vince Gill and Many More!

July 23 at 5:30 pm, Dark Side of Sol is a live band with decades of experience that recreates a spectacular Pink Floyd rock concert experience (the band known for their extended compositions and philosophical lyrics). You’ll hear classic tunes from Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, Animals, Wish You Were Here albums, all with improvisational live energy and laser light show effects.

VBMA offers Art Talk on July 20, 12pm Celebrating the Everyday with Doris Lee Connect with the artist’s uncomplicated concept of an “ideal view” of life. This program will take place in the galleries. Join VBMA education staff and docents for an in-depth focus on select artworks from special exhibitions and the permanent collection. Registered participants will meet docents at the main entrance of the Museum and will move to the galleries as a group.

Space Coast Symphony Orchestra offers Scandinavian Road Trip

July 24, 3 pm, Community Church of Vero Beach, 1901 23rd St, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Thomas McKee

This enchanting program explores the kaleidoscopic colors of Scandinavian music. The concert opens up with Hans Christian Lumbye’s Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop which faithfully recreates the sounds of a train chugging out of a station and grinding to a halt at the next stop. The work was composed in 1847 to celebrate the opening of the first railway in Denmark between Copenhagen and Roskilde. Continuing the trip you’ll hear Carl Nielsen’s wonderfully ebullient Maskarade Overture, exploding with Nielsen’s characteristic melodies taking unexpected twists and turns at every opportunity, It was 1902 when Finnish composer Jean Sibelius finished his Symphony No. 2 – right at a time when his country was struggling with Russian oppression through extreme sanctions on the Finnish language and culture. While Finland fought for its independence as best it could, Sibelius’ composition became the unofficial light at the end of the tunnel – the voice of Finnish nationalism – and gave a renewed hope to the Finnish people, a perfect example of beauty created in the midst of chaos. Rounding out the concert, SCSO Trombonist, Thomas McKee (pictured) will perform Launy Grøndahl’s popular and energetic Trombone Concerto, a lyrical and dramatic work.


The Galleries at First Pres Summer Art Show

Opening Reception July 24, 2-4pm

The show will feature the works of local artists Bruno Paz, Pamela Schwartz, and Huey Zaplin.  The galleries are located throughout the campus of First Presbyterian Church 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach

Reel in Summer @ the Museum – Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

July 26, 5:30 – 7pm, Join us in the Leonhardt Auditorium to view a series of family-friendly films related to themes found in the exhibition Simple Pleasures: The Art of Doris Lee. Galleries will stay open until the film begins; come early to see the amazing exhibition! Pre-registration recommended; see website for details below.

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2001) 1 hour 24 minutes, rated G

A wild stallion is captured and trained by humans. While training he bonds with the humans and other horses, yet longs to be free and join his herd. Be sure to take a look at Doris Lee’s artwork depicting horses, such as The Widow, The Runaway, Off to Auction, and Dance Rehearsal, Woodstock.

Art at the Emerson offers The Nature’s Palette: Animals in the Wild Exhibit

On view through July 28.  Artists capture the exciting colors of animals in the world. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 am – 3 pm with no entry fee. Art at the Emerson offers 3rd Annual UU Members and Friends:

An Exhibit featuring artistic talents of UU Members & Friends. On view through September. Meet the Artists Reception July 24, 11 am – 12:30pm

Vero Beach Theater Guild presents FOOTLOOSE THE MUSICAL, Performances through July 31.  When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, he is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. But he’s not prepared for the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, who is determined to exercise control over the town’s youth. When the reverend’s rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story pins a father longing for the son he lost against a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated Top 40 score, augmented with dynamic new songs, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people while guiding them with a warm heart and open mind.

“Exhilarating! You’ll have a hard time staying in your seat!” – WNBC

The Big Itch by Chuck Haaland

Artists Guild Gallery is a fine-art gallery featuring original art by local artist-owners. Diverse styles and mediums are represented, and the art is changed, and rotated on a monthly basis. Classes are offered in oil, watercolor, acrylics, pastels, and drawing.  Located: 1974 14th Avenue, Vero Beach

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11am – 3pm, Saturdays 11 – 3

by Edda Thors

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County On Exhibit Indian River County Intergenerational Recreation Center Fun Under the Sun ~ Member Exhibit

On view through August 3

Art Club Gallery & Marketplace Exhibit “Red, White & Blue”

On view through August 4. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Friday 11 – 3 pm

Vero Beach Art Club Gallery & Marketplace,1903 14th Avenue, Vero Beach

Gallery 14 presents Summer Squared II: An Invitational of Great Proportions

On view through September 2. First Friday Receptions: August 5 and September 2.

Sliding Home by Andy Burnam

All receptions will be from 5-8pm.

This intriguing show is comprised of 12×12 innovative canvases laid out on the Gallery’s walls, in a creative installation, will fascinate you with the variety of art and the cleverness of the entries. A juried show, the work was chosen from numerous entries and judged by highly regarded and knowledgeable arts professional Mark Wygonik. These multi-varied pieces in many different mediums- on wood and canvas, make terrific gifts for friends and family. You may also find the perfect small piece of art to gift to yourself.

Located at 1911 14th Avenue in the Downtown Historic Arts District of Vero Beach

VBMA presents Simple Pleasures: The Art of Doris Lee

On View through September, Holmes and Titelman Galleries

Doris Lee, The View, Woodstock

Simple Pleasures: The Art of Doris Lee features 74 of the most notable and compelling works of art by Doris Lee (1905-1983). Using a vibrant color palette, Lee sparks feelings of playfulness and humor in her paintings, drawings, prints, and commissioned commercial designs for fabric and pottery. Simple Pleasures includes works by the artist spanning from the 1930s through the 1960s from both public and private collections and gives overdue recognition to Lee’s significant contributions to American art. A selection of ephemera, such as product advertisements for the American Tobacco Company and General Foods who commissioned paintings from Lee, will also be included in the exhibition.

Doris Lee, Two Cats

Known as one of the foremost American artists during the 1930s and 1940s, Lee was a leading figure in the Woodstock Artist’s Colony. Decades after World War II, Lee responded to the rise of Abstract Expressionism with skill and agility and her own sense of grace, developing her own visual style. By taking a modernist approach and using clean, abstract lines, Lee’s body of work merges the reduction of abstraction with the appeal of the everyday and offers a coherent visual identity that successfully bridged various artistic “camps” that arose in the post-World War II era, truly depicting scenes of the simple pleasures of everyday life.

VBMA will present a full slate of related programming, including Art Talks in the gallery, studio art classes, and artmaking projects for families. For more information and to register for programs, please visit the website and call (772) 231-0707 ext. 136. 

The Vero Beach Museum of Art announced it will join museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. The 2021 program began on Armed Forces Day, May 21 and will end on Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2022. This summer, Blue Star Families can enjoy Simple Pleasures: The Art of Doris Lee exhibition on view thru September 18, explore students and Veteran artworks in the Patten Community Gallery as well as enjoy the Art Zone an interactive children’s space. “The arts play an important role to our overall well-being and now more than ever we are committed to ensuring access for all, and hope our active military and their families will take full advantage of all the Museum has to offer.” Commented Sophie Bentham-Wood, VBMA Director of Marketing and Communications.

McKee Botanical Garden will offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families from Armed Forces Day through Labor Day, September 5. McKee Botanical Garden is a Blue Star Museum participant and one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and participating museums across America.


Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County at the Indian River County Administrative Buildings A & B

Artist’s Choice, On view through October 5.

Richard Gillmor Morning has broken

Art in Public Places Program sponsored by the Cultural Council of Indian River County On Exhibit Indian River County Courthouse Richard Gillmor- Solo Exhibit “Waterscapes” On view through October 12.

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